Living a green lifestyle has become extremely important to the future of the planet. In fact, the majority of us aren’t doing everything that is needed in order to help prevent irreparable damage that will make parts of the world that are currently home to massive populations rapidly uninhabitable. That said, as we make eco-friendly changes to our lives, it’s important to be sure that they aren’t at a cost to our health.
For instance, the last thing you want to do is adopt a green lifestyle and only end up gaining weight as a result. Moreover, many people find that when they’re on a diet, they are already facing considerable restrictions and they are hesitant to impose more lifestyle changes while they’re already overhauling their lives.
Fortunately, it is not only possible to live a green lifestyle without flipping your routines on their head, but you can also do so while successfully losing weight. In fact, when done properly, it can become easier to lose weight while going green than it is to maintain your previous environmental impact.
Consider the following extremely easy steps to adopt a green lifestyle and lose weight at the same time. You’ll find that the two efforts go hand-in-hand. As such, it becomes easier to achieve both goals simultaneously than it is to pursue them independently.
- Skip the Steering Wheel – Unless you’re going somewhere that walking, cycling or public transit simply doesn’t go, then you should walk, cycle or take public transit. Each one of those methods requires you to take part in more physical activity while substantially reducing your CO2 emissions from fossil fuel use.
- Eat fewer animal-based foods – Many people find that going vegan helps them to naturally cut back on their calorie intake. That said, most people aren’t ready to make the switch to a vegan lifestyle. Still, reducing your intake of animal-based products and eliminating those that have the most substantial environmental impact – which usually means beef and dairy first. Start by cutting out beef and dairy once per week and build from there. Continue expanding meatless days and you’ll find that the alternatives are delicious, more eco-friendly, more affordable and lower in calories.
- Get Better Sleep – Sleep is an integral part of a successful diet. The better your rest, the better prepared your body is to lose weight, keep cravings under control and keep your energy high so you can exercise more regularly. It also means that you’re likely to go to bed earlier and will be able to shut off the lights and other electronics sooner.